St Joseph's RC Infant School

Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Crown Dale
Upper Norwood
SE19 3NX
Reference Number 101803



St. Joseph's RC Infant School, located at SE19 3NX, is a long-established institution with a rich history dating back to 1872. Founded in a building provided by the Diocese, the school initially served a roll of 48 boys before expanding to include girls beginning in 1900. After a series of extensions, St. Joseph’s became a mixed school with infants and now functions as an inclusive community guided by the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.

Key facts about St. Joseph’s include:

  • Instituted in 1872 as an all-boys school, later expanded to co-educational under the mixed school model.
  • A designation as St Joseph’s R.C. School despite becoming a mixed school.
  • Established over 150 years ago, providing outstanding education to local children and their families.
  • A federal school that includes Junior, Infant, and Nursery schools.
  • Offers a vibrant and nurturing environment, emphasizing the core Catholic values while preparing students for the demands of secondary education.
  • Boasts the largest grounds of any school in the local area, covering over 12,500 square meters, providing generous support to students and greater community.
  • Has strong ties with the Archdiocese of Southwark.
  • Provides an OFSTED "Good" rating for the Infant and Nursery schools, with an "Outstanding" rating for the Junior school.
  • St. Joseph’s students regularly gain entrance into leading state and independent secondary schools, including through scholarships.
  • Offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including gardening, music, drama, and sports, with a dedicated commitment to building students' love of learning and ambition.

General Makeup

Number of pupils
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 44.38%
Girls: 55.63%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
1 39
2 47

Ofsted Rating Good
Last Inspection Date 2019-01-31
Date Description Report
2019-01-09 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2014-12-11 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2011-02-10 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2008-02-05 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2003-09-23 Full inspection Full inspection

2023 Admissions

Number of Applications Number of Offers
First Preference Upgrade Upgrade
Second Preference 13 4
Third Preference 18 1
From another Local Authority 39 21

Previous Years



Age Range

Special Schools

Independent Schools

Faith Schools

Key Stage 2 Attainment

Students Meeting expected standard

Students Meeting higher standard

GCSE Attainment

Attainment 8 score percentile

Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)